Student Psychological Services

contact: Catherine McAteer, Head of Student Psychological Services



1. The Student Psychological Service is responsible for providing a specialised counselling service for UCL students.


2. To support the personal development of students while they are at UCL, and to enable them to recognise and manage problems which may interfere with this or with their academic studies.


3. All permanent staff are qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists or counselling psychologists, registered with the appropriate professional body (BACP, UKCP, BCP, GMC, BPS) and covered by professional indemnity insurance. The service is supported by consultant psychiatrists who receive referrals from counsellors, from medical practitioners and, occasionally, directly from staff at UCL. Honorary counsellors with appropriate training also work under the supervision of senior members of staff.


4. The counsellors are responsible to the Head of Student Psychological Services, who is supported by the Deputy Head of Student Psychological Services. The Head of Student Psychological Services is responsible to the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing.


5. Strict confidentiality is maintained for students attending Student Psychological Services, within the framework of professional ethical considerations and legal responsibilities.

Functions of Psychological Services

6. The functions of Psychological Services are:

• to provide an initial consultation
• when appropriate, to offer time-limited psycho-dynamic Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or a referral to suitable psychological services outside UCL
• to provide a variety of personal development workshops
• to provide a self-help library of books on a range of topics relevant to student life
• to advise colleagues at UCL on the management of students with mental health problems.
• to supervise and train honorary staff in Psychological Services
• to develop and maintain close links with other student services in UCL
• to develop and maintain working links with other university counselling services
• to maintain appropriate statistical records
• to develop services within Psychological Services.

December 2014